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Palm Beach County Library System Celebrates 10th Annual "Families Reading Together Campaign"

November 2013 marks the Library System’s 10th Annual Families Reading Together Campaign. This event serves to remind the community of the importance of sharing books with children and encouraging them to read on their own. This project is made possible by community sponsors and all events are free to the public.

During this year’s celebration, all preschoolers and children attending kindergarten through first grade will be encouraged to read “Where Should Turtle Be?” by Susan Ring and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein. Elementary school and public libraries will conduct special programs for the event. Additional outreach programming for day care centers will be provided by the Library System.

Kicking off the festivities on November 02, the Library System has planned a day of exciting activities at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. Admission is free and children showing their library card will receive a free book of their choice at the Great Book Giveaway. Other activities that day include craft-making, a special visit by Neptunia the Sea Goddess, and a Storybook Stroll in Loggerhead Park with an appearance by Laurie Allen Klein, the campaign title illustrator. Families Reading Together programs during November include performances by Suzy Hammer as Neptunia the Sea Goddess at all library branches, “Ballet by the Book,” performed by Ballet Palm Beach, and a bookmark design contest.

This campaign is sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Families Reading Together: Illustrator Laurie Allen Klein

Meet the illustrator of our Families Reading Together Campaign book, Where Should Turtle Be? and hear about her life as an illustrator of award-winning children’s books. All ages. (45 min.)

  • Gardens Branch
    Fri, Nov 01, 3:30 pm

Families Reading Together Story Time

Join the fun with a plethora of pond plots, stories, music, and a craft. Ages 2 & up. (45 min.)

  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Tue, Nov 05, 11:00 am
  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Tue, Nov 05, 6:00 pm

Families Reading Together, Bilingual Program

It’s going to be double the fun in this bilingual program. A great opportunity for families to get together and enjoy a good story, a game, your favorite songs, and a craft. Ages 3 & up (45 min.)
Martes, 5 de noviembre, 3:30 pm
Leyendo Juntos en Familia, Programa Bilingüe. Será doble diversión en este programa bilingüe. Una gran oportunidad para que la familia junta disfrute de una linda historia, un juego, sus canciones favoritas y una manualidad. Edades 3 para arriba (45 min.) Se requiere registrarse.

  • West Boca Branch
    Tue, Nov 05, 3:30 pm

Families Reading Together Bilingual Story Time

Enjoy bilingual stories, sing songs, and get a little crafty. All ages. (45 min.)
Martes, 5 de noviembre, 6:30 pm
Las Familias bilingues leer juntos historia tiempo
Disfrute de cuentos bilingües, cantar canciones, y hacer un poquito de artesania. Todas las edades. (45 min.) Se requiere registrarse.

  • Greenacres Branch
    Tue, Nov 05, 6:30 pm

Families Reading Together

Celebrate the 10th Annual Families Reading Together Campaign with a special story time on Florida Wildlife. Ages 3 & up. (45 min.)

  • Glades Road Branch
    Wed, Nov 06, 11:00 am
  • West Boynton Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 10:30 am
  • Gardens Branch
    Fri, Nov 15, 3:15 pm
  • Main Library
    Mon, Nov 25, 6:00 pm
  • Glades Road Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 10:30 am

Families Reading Together: Suzy Hammer as Neptunia the Sea Goddess

Neptunia tells magical stories about the wonders of saving the seas and all its creatures, and how we benefit from a healthy ocean planet. All ages. (60 min.)

  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch
    Thu, Nov 07, 10:00 am
  • Belle Glade Branch
    Thu, Nov 07, 1:00 pm
  • Greenacres Branch
    Fri, Nov 08, 11:00 am
  • Lantana Road Branch
    Fri, Nov 08, 3:30 pm
  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Sat, Nov 09, 10:00 am
  • West Boynton Branch
    Sat, Nov 09, 1:00 pm
  • Glades Road Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 11:00 am
  • West Boca Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 3:30 pm
  • Wellington Branch
    Fri, Nov 15, 2:30 pm
  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Fri, Nov 15, 4:30 pm
  • Acreage Branch
    Wed, Nov 20, 3:30 pm
  • Loula V. York Branch
    Wed, Nov 20, 6:00 pm
  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Thu, Nov 21, 10:30 am
  • Main Library
    Thu, Nov 21, 4:30 pm
  • Tequesta Branch
    Tue, Nov 26, 11:00 am
  • Gardens Branch
    Tue, Nov 26, 3:30 pm

Families Reading Together: Ballet by the Book with Ballet Palm Beach

We'll read the Families Reading Together Book "Where Should Turtle Be?" by Susan Ring and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, performed by Ballet Palm Beach, and other favorite stories. All ages. (60 min.)

  • Main Library
    Thu, Nov 07, 4:00 pm
  • Gardens Branch
    Thu, Nov 07, 6:30 pm
  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 4:00 pm
  • Wellington Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 6:30 pm
  • West Boca Branch
    Mon, Nov 18, 3:30 pm
  • West Boynton Branch
    Mon, Nov 18, 6:30 pm

Celebrar las Familias Leyendo Juntos

Martes, 12 de noviembre, 3:30 pm
(Celebrate Families Reading Together)
Escucharemos acerca de las aventuras de la pequeña tortuga perdida y de otros animales quienes aman el océano.Tendremos música y una bella manualidad al final. Edades de 4 a 8 años. Se requiere registrarse.

  • Tequesta Branch
    Tue, Nov 12, 3:30 pm

Families Reading Together: ¡Puedes Contar Conmigo! You Can Count on Me!

Aprenderemos a contar en Español con historias, musica, y un arte. We’ll learn to count in Spanish with stories, music, and a craft. Edades/Ages 4-7. (45 min.) Se requiere registrarse.

  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Wed, Nov 13, 4:00 pm

Come Sail Away With Me!

Families will create seascapes, using various art materials, to celebrate the sea theme of our Families Reading Together program! With permission, participants' artwork will be displayed at the Families Reading Together Reception on Nov 20. All ages. (90 min.)

  • Loula V. York Branch
    Wed, Nov 13, 5:00 pm

Animals Lost & Found

Celebrate Families Reading Together and help turtle and other animal friends find their way through the pages of some of our favorite books. Music and a craft will follow. Ages 3 & up. (45 min.)

  • Tequesta Branch
    Thu, Nov 14, 11:00 am

Families Reading Together Special Story Time: Ocean Magic

We'll read sandy stories, listen to the Wiggles, play a game, and make a magical, ocean-type craft. Ages 3-5. (45 min.)

  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Mon, Nov 18, 11:00 am

Families Reading Together Reception

Children and families are invited to a pre-party in anticipation of the Families Reading Together program with Neptunia Goddess of the Sea (aka Suzy Hammer). Artwork created by community children will be on display. Refreshments served. All ages. (60 min.)

  • Loula V. York Branch
    Wed, Nov 20, 5:00 pm

Families Reading Together: Ponds, Ponds, Ponds!

Join us in reading this year’s Families Reading Together title "Where Should Turtle Be," by author Susan Ring. We'll dive right into stories about ponds and the wildlife that lives in them, as well as make a special craft. All ages. (45 min.)

  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Thu, Nov 21, 3:30 pm

Get Wild for Reading: Families Reading Together

Things are getting wild at story time! Bring your mom or dad, grandma, or grandpa and meet our special guest, County Administrator Bob Weisman, who will read a story or two. Then sing and dance and work together on a craft. Celebrate Families Reading Together and the special wonder of Florida's wildlife. Ages 2-5. (60 min.)

  • Acreage Branch
    Fri, Nov 22, 4:15 pm

Pets Make You Feel Good!

Celebrate Families Reading Together with a pet themed story time. Stories, songs, activities and a craft! Bring your favorite toy pet for our plush pet parade. Ages 2-6. (30 min.)

  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Tue, Nov 04, 10:30 am
  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Sat, Nov 08, 10:30 am

Zoo Bee, Zoo Bee, Zoo, Zoo Fun for You!

Celebrate Families Reading Together with stories all about fun at the zoo. Stories, songs and games followed by a swinging monkey craft. Ages 3-6. (45 min.)

  • Tequesta Branch
    Tue, Nov 04, 11:30 am

Families Reading Together: Let’s Make a Pizza

Join us in reading this year’s Families Reading Together title "Reading Makes You Feel Good," by Todd Parr. We’ll read the story and find out all the ways that reading can make you feel good. We’ll celebrate with stories, songs and a pizza craft. Ages 3-5. (45 min.)

  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Wed, Nov 05, 2:00 pm

Families Reading Together: Feel Better With a Book

Listen to stories about coughs, colds and sneezes. Play a game, dance to music, and finish up with a craft. Ages 5-8.

  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch
    Wed, Nov 05, 5:00 pm

Families Reading Together 2014: Ballet by the Book with Ballet Palm Beach

Join us for a special story time featuring the Families Reading Together book "Reading Makes You Feel Good," by Todd Parr and enjoy the interpretation of a Families Reading Together classic by the Ballet Palm Beach dance company. All ages. (45 min.)

  • Glades Road Branch
    Fri, Nov 07, 3:30 pm
  • Gardens Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 4:00 pm
  • Greenacres Branch
    Fri, Nov 14, 4:00 pm

Families Reading Together: The Colorful World of Todd Parr

Enjoy our featured story “Reading Makes You Feel Good,” by Todd Parr. More stories, songs and a craft will follow. Ages 3-5. (45 min.)

  • Gardens Branch
    Fri, Nov 07, 3:30 pm
  • Jupiter Branch
    Fri, Nov 21, 11:00 am

Families Reading Together Arts & Crafts Extravaganza!

Children and families are invited to express their love for family, friends and books using a variety of art materials! All ages. (60 min.)

  • Loula V. York Branch
    Sat, Nov 08, 1:00 pm

Families Reading Together 2014 - Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp and Story

Patrick Ball, one of the world's premier Celtic harp players, offers an introduction to this rare, legendary instrument and shares tales of enchantment that come alive to delight the young and young-at-heart. A warm and magical performance! All ages. (45 min.)

  • Glades Road Branch
    Mon, Nov 10, 10:30 am
  • West Boca Branch
    Mon, Nov 10, 3:30 pm
  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch
    Mon, Nov 10, 7:00 pm
  • Tequesta Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 11:00 am
  • Jupiter Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 3:30 pm
  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 6:30 pm
  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch
    Thu, Nov 13, 10:00 am
  • Loula V. York Branch
    Thu, Nov 13, 1:00 pm
  • Wellington Branch
    Thu, Nov 13, 6:30 pm
  • Belle Glade Branch
    Fri, Nov 14, 10:00 am
  • Acreage Branch
    Fri, Nov 14, 4:00 pm
  • Greenacres Branch
    Sat, Nov 15, 11:00 am
  • Lantana Road Branch
    Sat, Nov 15, 1:00 pm
  • Main Library
    Sat, Nov 15, 3:00 pm
  • Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
    Mon, Nov 17, 10:30 am
  • Gardens Branch
    Mon, Nov 17, 3:30 pm
  • West Boynton Branch
    Mon, Nov 17, 6:30 pm

Families Reading Together: On the Road to Reading

Join us for a special story time all about cars, trucks, motorcycles and other things that go on the road! Bring the whole family for a fun shared experience as we celebrate the importance of books and reading for all families. Make a zooming craft to take home, too. Ages 3-7. (60 min.)

  • Acreage Branch
    Wed, Nov 12, 6:30 pm

Families Reading Together: Pets Make You Feel Good

Enjoy a special story time with books, songs and a movie. Ages 2-5. (45 min.)

  • Belle Glade Branch
    Mon, Nov 17, 10:30 am

Families Reading Together: … in Our Pajamas!

Join us for a “zoo-tastic” time reading this year’s Families Reading Together title "Reading Makes You Feel Good," by author and illustrator Todd Parr. Sing and dance to some silly songs and make a special zoo-related craft to bring home. Don’t forget to wear your favorite PJ’s! Stuffed animals are welcome! Ages 3-6 plus siblings. (45 min.)

  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Mon, Nov 17, 7:00 pm

Families Reading Together: The Colorful World of Todd Parr

Celebrate families and reading at this special story time program. We will share stories and songs, and make a colorful craft while getting to know the featured author Todd Parr and his signature bold, colorful illustrations. Ages 3-7. (45 min.)

  • Greenacres Branch
    Tue, Nov 18, 6:30 pm

Families Reading Together: “Zoo-tastic” Afternoon Special

Join us for a special reading of this year’s Families Reading Together title "Reading Makes You Feel Good," by author and illustrator Todd Parr. Take an imaginary trip to one of our favorite places, the zoo, and make a special zoo-related craft to bring home. All ages. (45 min.)

  • Royal Palm Beach Branch
    Thu, Nov 20, 3:30 pm

Families Read Together: Pizza

Is your favorite food ... pizza? Celebrate the 11th Annual Families Reading Together Campaign with a special story time on "How to Make a Pizza." Ages 3 & up. (45 min.)

  • West Boynton Branch
    Tue, Nov 25, 3:30 pm